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January 14, 2013

McDonald's to Install DNA Intruder Spray Security Systems

By Carlos Olivera, TMCnet Content Producer

Professional thieves in Australia may want to think twice next time they decide on sticking up their local McDonald’s restaurant. Due to recent robberies happening around the city, Sydney officials have decided to tab SelectaDNA to install its “non-toxic solution with DNA Code” Intruder Spray.

This move comes in response to the recent string of robberies over the holiday period.

This isn’t the first time the British security firm will use its products in Australia, however, after testing its spray solution in various stores early last year.

 “A spokesperson for McDonald’s said the company will increase the use of ‘SelectaDNA‘ in stores all over the country after a successful trial in their six busiest Sydney restaurants was launched in January last year,” The Sydney Morning Herald reported. ”The move comes as police ramp up their patrols of local McDonald’s restaurants after a spate of robberies across Sydney during the Christmas and New Year period.”

According to the company’s website, the spray “contains a UV tracer and a unique DNA code, linking them irrefutably to the crime scene.” 

“Police are able to find SelectaDNA by using a UV Torch.  The spray glows bright blue under UV light.  By DNA Analysis, an offender can be linked to the premises,” said Alice Baillie, marketing manager for SelectaDNA.

The spray itself can be synched with a panic button or alarm system for any business or home, allowing it to be easily triggered, and will fall onto the thief once he is leaving the store. All it takes to identify the culprit is a drop of spray the size of a pinhead.

But that pinhead sample will stay on the culprit for weeks, and on clothing for up to six months regardless of whether its washed or not. The spray will stay on other items like hats or bags indefinitely.

The Intruder Spray should reduce the number of would be thieves in Australia moving forward. The spray has already been installed in 13 locations across the country with the plans to add more locations in the future. 

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Edited by Braden Becker
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